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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Cup and Saucer

ca. 1790 - ca. 1850 (made)
Place of origin

Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Coffee Cup
  • Saucer
Materials and techniques
Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded
Brief description
Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, cup ca. 1790, saucer 19th century.
Physical description
Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded.
Gallery label
Cup And Saucer Porcelain Mark: 'Ginori' on the saucer ITALY (DOCCIA); about 1765 J. C. Joicey Bequest C.1709 & A-1919 (Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995)(ca. 1995)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Mr John George Joicey
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic reference
Frescobaldi Malenchini, Livia ed. With Balleri, Rita and Rucellai, Oliva, ‘Amici di Doccia Quaderni, Numero VII, 2013, The Victoria and Albert Museum Collection’, Edizioni Polistampa, Firenze, 2014 p. 97, Cat.81 81. Cup and saucer with Saxony-type decoration cup circa 1790; saucer 19th century hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted in colours and gold cup h 7 cm; saucer diam. 12,5 cm underneath the saucer “GINORI” and the number 18 impressed inv: C.1709&A-1919 gift: Mr John George Joicey The tall slender cup and the saucer which does not match it are decorated with Saxony-type decorations in colours and gilding. The decorations consist of scenes of rural life that are based on engravings of landscapes mostly from the Veneto region. For the cup a date of around 1790 is proposed on account of the type of “ear-shaped” handle which appears at Doccia around the last quarter of the 18th century (GINORI LISCI 1963, p. 239-240, n. 3), when it replaces the “Neapolitan-style” handle (see cat. 79). The presence of an impressed mark on the saucer suggests that it was made in the 19th century. It is generally believed that the impressed “GINORI” mark was used between 1820 and 1860 (GINORI LISCI 1963, p. 320- 321, ill. I), but it may have been used even before this. The same mark is found on cream ware objects made by the factory as imitations of Wedgwood, for example a veilleuse in a private collection (CHIOSTRINI MANNINI 2001, p. 58, fig. III.14). For further historical information on the Saxony-type decoration, see cat. 78, and for the central decoration, see cat. 98-102. A.B. Bibliography: unpublished
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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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